Montana State University

Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center

P.O. Box 173142
221 Chem/Biochem Bldg
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Tel: (406) 994-7039
Fax: (406) 994-1975
Email: abrc@montana.edu

ABRC Academics

ABRC Commitment to Academic Educational Programs

The Astrobiology Biogeocatalysis Research Center team involves investigators with expertise in geochemistry, experimental and theoretical physical chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, and the iron-sulfur cluster biochemistry. We will create an integrated multi-disciplinary environment for engaging student at all levels. Undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral training will occur at the level of catered coursework and multi-investigator / multi-institution research training experiences at Montana State, Temple, and Stony Brook.

We are pleased to announce the addition of an Astrobiology Minor. The subjects of astrobiology and the origin of life raise a number of ethical and philosophical issues that will be addressed in structured coursework.  This new curriculum features courses in biology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, earth science, history and philosophy. Students will gain an understanding of the origin of life, early earth, future earth, and conditions for possible existence of life on other planets.

NEW COURSES:

P H L 2 7 8
O R I G I N S O F L I F E
Examines philosophical questions regarding the nature and origins of life on Earth, as well as the sciences devoted to studying this.

B I O L / P H Y S / C H E M 3 5 0
A S T R O B I O L O G Y
This capstone course examines the science of Astrobiology focused on the origin, evolution, and distribution of life in the universe. Topics that will be discussed include planetary evolution, origin of life, habitability, evolution, intelligence, and the search for life beyond Earth.
* Prerequisites of introductory biology, chemistry and physics.